This weekend on Mother Jones Radio, Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer on what it means now to be a Democrat – and how that's different from just months ago. Also, why do some people so rabidly hate Hillary Clinton? Mother Jones and "This American Life" contributor Jack Hitt explains. And we talk to Josh Rushing – once a Marine in Iraq, now a correspondent for Al Jazeera's new English-language channel. Plus, we speak with the president of the Women's Funding Network about the power... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 3 reviews ) Topics: Montana, Democrats, Hillary Clinton, Iraq, Marines, Al Jazeera, Women's Organizations
This week, we check in on Afghanistan with Sarah Chayes, who recently authored "The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban." Also, writer and environmentalist Bill McKibben takes a look at whether corporate social responsibility is for real — or if it's just "greenwashing." Plus, some American highways are being sold off to the highest bidder, leaving multinationals and Wall Street firms sitting happy on piles of cash. Interstate 90 in Indiana, the... favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Afghanistan, Taliban, American infrastructure, privatization, Pinochet
How will former CIA head Robert Gates' turn as defense secretary affect Iraq and the military? We hear from CIA veteran and military expert Mel Goodman. Also, we check in with the NAACP's Anurima Bhargava about the affirmative action cases the Supreme Court is now weighing. Plus, the new documentary "King Leopold’s Ghost" is a vivid look the Congo's colonial past, and how the country's history contributes to its current problems. We speak with actor James Cromwell, who lends his... Topics: Robert Gates, CIA, defense secretary, Iraq, military, affirmative action, Supreme Court, Congo,...
This week, the fight over global warming went all the way to the Supreme Court. The Bush administration says greenhouse gases don't pollute. Twelve states and multiple environmental groups say they do – and that they must be regulated. We check in with Natural Resources Defense Council's lead counsel for the case, David Doniger. Plus, Sridhar Pappu tells us about his new Mother Jones article, "Lou Dobbs Turns on the CEOs." Sara Shipley Hiles and Marina Walker Guevara expose how one... Topics: global warming, greenhouse gases, outsourcing pollution, Lou Dobbs, Bush administration, exonerated
We begin this week with an update on events in Lebanon and the rest of the Middle East. University of San Francisco politics professor and peace and justice studies chair Stephen Zunes brings us up to date on the latest turmoil, including the assassination of a Christian cabinet minister in Lebanon. Plus, Mother Jones' current issue has a special focus on corporate social responsibility. While some companies are simply "greenwashing" their images by making minor changes to their... Topics: Lebanon, Middle East, greenwashing, corporate social responsibility, Interface, conservatives,...
We talk to Swanee Hunt, Bill Clinton's ambassador to Austria, about her new memoir, "Half-Life of a Zealot," and her work empowering women around the world to fight for peace. Also, Mother Jones writer and filmmaker Brian Palmer talks about how U.S. Marines are trained to deal with the situation on the ground in Iraq. Plus, UC-Berkeley's Zachary Shore explains why Europe is the breeding ground for radical Islam. He joins us to talk about his book, "Breeding Bin Ladens: America,... Topics: Radical Islam, U.S. Marines, Iraq, empowering women, San Francisco values
Julia Whitty's newest article for Mother Jones magazine looks at potential global warming "tipping points" -- factors that could push us over the edge towards rapid climate change. What are those tipping points? How likely are they to happen? And will the coming turnover in the House and Senate have any impact on our ability to prevent them? Plus, we explore whether the Congressional turnover means a change from the culture of corruption. Will the Dems prove just as corrupt as Tom... Topics: Julia Whitty, global warming, Congress, corruption, Jacl Abramoff, Tom DeLay
This weekend, we look at the upcoming midterm elections -- and what might happen if Democrats take control of the House or Senate. What are the hot races? Who's watching for fraud? And if the Democrats do get a House majority, can they get it together to make a real difference? We talk to Robert Borosage of the Institute for America's Future and Page Gardner of Women's Voices Women Vote. Plus, in Iraq, a prominent Baathist says the resistance is gearing up to hit the U.S. hard in January. Is... Topics: Iraq, Mid-Term Election, voter fraud, Democrats, push poll
Iraq will be the number one issue in the November election, says Brian Katulis, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress. He explains why the CAP's Iraq Report Card finds Iraq "on the brink of collapse with growing violence, increased sectarian tensions, divisions in the Iraqi national government, and few significant advances in Iraq's economic reconstruction." Plus, we talk to two of the heroes of "Hacking Democracy," a new film about electronic voting fraud. Bev... Topics: Iraq, mid-term election, voting fraud, Amir Abbas Fakhravar, Iran
Musician Michael Franti, frontman for folk funksters Spearhead, was so troubled by the Iraq war that he went to the Middle East to experience the conflict firsthand. Staying outside the American-controlled Green Zone, he "would just start playing music on a street corner, or walk down the street and play music for people. People would be drawn to it, and I was the first American they'd ever met that wasn't carrying an M-16." We talk to him about how he turned his experience into a new... Topics: Michael Franti, Iraq, corporations, commons, George W. Bush, Sidney Blumenthal
Writer Gore Vidal is an outspoken critic of the Bush administration. He argues that the media "take everything the president says seriously. And of course, the dreadful vice president, who is in love with torture such as I've never seen...I mean, a real S&M administration is going on." Vidal tells us why he'll take to the streets on October 5 in support of World Can't Wait, and organization which wants to see Bush removed from office. Also, we talk to Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady,... Topics: Gore Vidal, Bush administration, Jesus Camp, evangelical, politics, student, activists, student...
This week, we look at dissent within the Republican party and the military. First up, Republican leadership is divided over torture and the Geneva Conventions. Human Rights Watch's Joanne Mariner helps us sort out which congressional Republicans have stood up against the Bush administration's torture policies -- and why. "I think it's very relevant that the three Republicans who are fighting the Bush administration's approach are the three Republicans with probably the closest ties to the... Topics: Republican, Geneva Conventions, Human Rights, Bush, Iraq, Democrats, congress
What are the benefits and challenges of eating a local, sustainable diet? We speak with Michael Pollan, author of "Omnivore's Dilemma," who argues that we should think globally and eat locally. And Joel Salatin, the organic farmer Pollan wrote about in his recent Mother Jones article, checks in from his farm in Virginia. Plus, Jane Goodall tells us why she's still optimistic about the future of the environment, even in the face of today's environmental troubles. She's inspired by... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, sustainable, Michael Pollan, Jane Goodall, environment, Iraq, military...
Three decades ago, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet's "dirty warriors" tortured Hector Salgado. Now he's tracking them down -- with a camera crew. Salgado tells guest host Peter Laufer about his campaign to confront his abusers face-to-face, and the documentary he's making about the process. As he told Mother Jones magaine, "I’m not going there to beat anyone up. I’m not going to destroy anything. I’m going to confront them with the truth." Also, we talk with Merry... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, Augusto Pinochet, torture, Iraq, war, Peter Singer, vegan, vegetarian, Bush, CIA
"End of Oil" author Paul Roberts talks about rising oil and gas prices, and what they mean for consumers and politicians. Are cheap oil prices ever coming back? "No," he says bluntly. "We'll see prices spike and probably drop occasionally, but the average price of oil is very likely going to remain much higher than it's been for the past two decades." Plus, we speak with Craig Williams, one of the winners of the 2006 Goldman environmental awards. Williams'... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, Oil, peak oil, environmental, chemical weapons, immigrants
Greed, hubris, and religious fanaticism -- the stuff of empires past, or a description of America's current elected leaders? We talk to former Republican strategist Kevin Phillips, author of "American Theocracy: The Peril and Politics of Radical Religion, Oil, and Borrowed Money in the 21st Century." Also, we speak with Nick Cron-De Vico, winner of the "Report it Now" high school journalism contest sponsored by the makers of "Good Night, and Good Luck." Plus, what... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, Republican, Religion, Oil, journalism, Rumsfeld, torture, Guantanamo,...
What would you do if you thought your government had been taken over by corporate interests, unaccountable officials, and extremists? We talk to several authors and thinkers who are taking on the current state of corruption. Iraq war veteran Paul Reickhoff talks about "Chasing Ghosts," which details how his experience in Baghdad led him to conclude that America's mission in Iraq was deeply flawed. Michael Newman explains "Teaching Defiance," which argues that education and... Topics: Mother Jones Radio, corporate, extremists, corruption, Baghdad, Government, racism, Iraq, Africa
Sonali Kolhatkar, author "Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords, and the Propaganda of Silence," argues that "the sheer presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan has caused an increase in violence in the last five years." She tells us that troops are "going door to door, kicking down doors. They're rounding up men in communities. They're detaining them, they're torturing them, they're taking intelligence from one set of tribal leaders who might have troubles with... Topics: Afghanistan, Taliban, Iran, Lebanon, Republican, foreclosure
On the fifth anniversary of 9/11, are we really making progress against terrorism? We speak with Matt Brzezinski, author of "Fortress America: An Inside Look at the Coming Surveillance State," about the Bush administration's mixed record on fighting terrorism. Plus, if George Bush won't enact emission caps to fight global warming, Arnold Schwarzenegger will. The Union of Concerned Scientists' Jason Mark looks into how the state of California is stepping up to fight global warming --... Topics: terrorism, Bush, Schwarzenegger, global warming, military contractors, Chicago
McKenzie Funk tells us the story of one falsely accused "enemy combatant" who spent almost two years at Guantanamo. Funk tells us how a young man selling pencils on the streets of Peshawar found himself bound, gagged, and on a plane to Cuba. Funk tells us about the detainee's worst week at Guantanamo. "They put him in what he calls the 'metal box'," says Funk. "It was a small metal box with some sort of metal coil in the roof...it was completely sealed. There was a... Topics: Mother Jones, Radio, Interview, politics, detainee, Guantanamo